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Gastrointestinal Cancer

How is stomach cancer treated?

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  • Surgery is the primary treatment for stomach cancer. However, depending on the staging (extent of disease), additional therapeutics may be included in the treatment.

    Typically, surgery involves removing most - or sometimes, all - of the stomach. When treating the disease in advanced stages (like if the cancer has spread to other areas of the body), radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy are often recommended to decrease the chance of recurrence.

    Radiation and chemotherapy work in different ways: radiation beams precisely target a specific area with its highly defined beams, while chemotherapy goes throughout the body, interfering with the cancer cells’ ability to grow and reproduce
  • In cases where a patient’s stomach cancer appears not to have spread to distant organs, surgery remains the primary treatment for this disease.  In most cases, the surgeon will remove at least half of the stomach (or, in some cases, the entire stomach), as well as the surrounding lymph nodes.  For all but the earliest stages of stomach cancer, some form of chemotherapy will also usually be recommended, either before surgery or after surgery.  Finally, radiation therapy is commonly used following surgery, especially when a patient’s stomach cancer is relatively large, or when multiple lymph nodes are involved with cancer.
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